To God Be the Glory
"So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." - 2 Corinthians 4:18
Fanny Crosby was one of the most prolific hymn writers in history. She penned the words to classics like "Blessed Assurance," "Pass Me Not, O Gentle Savior," and (one of my favorites) "To God Be the Glory." Fanny Crosby was also blind. She lost her sight weeks after she was born. When she was six months old, Fanny lost her father.
In spite of these obstacles, Fanny persevered. She was raised by her mother and grandmother, who helped her memorize long passages of Scripture. She was grounded in her faith and raised in the church.
Later in life, Fanny remarked, "It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me tomorrow, I would not accept it. I might not have sung hymns to the praise of God if I had been distracted by the beautiful and interesting things about me."
When asked what she most wished to see, she responded, "when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight shall be that of my Savior."
Life is not easy. Every person (Christ-followers or not) encounter numerous setbacks and obstacles every day. However, the gift of faith keeps us steady in the midst of hardship. When the storms hit, our soul finds its anchor in God.
So, let's fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith. Let's focus our minds on that which is eternal. Don't linger on anxiety and fear. Don't let your soul be eroded by bitterness and resentment. As Paul reminds us, earthly trials are temporary. Our hope in God is eternal.
Like our ancestors in faith, let's persevere through the storms. Let's hang on to hope. And, like Fanny Crosby, let's sing the songs our souls were created to sing - To God Be the Glory!
Peace, Pastor Caleb